7 october 2008

Oxford University on iTunes U

Oxford iTunes U icon

More than 150 hours of free audio and video podcasts from the University of Oxford are now available on a new site on iTunes U.

Highlights include lectures by, and interviews with, world-leading academics and researchers; and a film about the University’s campaign ‘Oxford Thinking’ – the largest fundraising campaign in European university history – featuring Michael Palin.

Potential applicants will be able to access free podcasts about how to apply to the University, including choosing a college and a course, and preparing for interview. They will also be able to see what an Oxford tutorial is like.

These free podcasts can be listened to, or viewed, online or downloaded to a mobile device such as an mp3 player or mobile phone.

We hope that this service will make Oxford’s diverse range of audio and video material more widely accessible to applicants, alumni, supporters of the University, and the intellectually curious.

Dr John Hood, Vice-Chancellor

Key lectures and interviews include Professor Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist of the World Bank, on the global financial crisis; Dr Craig Venter on genomics; Sir Nicholas Stern on the economics of climate change, and Professor Julian Savulescu on ethics.

Dr John Hood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: ‘We hope that this service will make Oxford’s diverse range of audio and video material more widely accessible to applicants, alumni, supporters of the University, and the intellectually curious.’

The University of Oxford will be adding new podcasts to its iTunes U site regularly.

There are currently more than 700,000 page requests per week on the University’s website, making it the most visited university website in the UK. This website features podcasts and a blog to assist applicants, and many of the University’s departmental and college websites feature audio and video, but the University’s iTunes U site will place all this material in one easily searchable place.